#BIR2010 – Interview with Author Emma Michaels: The Thirteenth Chime

The Thirteenth Chime by Emma Michaels


Destiny has finally found the life that she has always wanted. She is about to finish college, has a fiance that loves her, and a great summer on the West Coast planned with her friend, Stephanie. But her world is turned upside down when an antique clock mysteriously chimes thirteen times and someone attacks them, sending Stephanie and her mother to the hospital.

Alone, and without any help from the police, Destiny has no choice but to turn to the one man she had left behind a year ago – her ex-boyfriend, David. Together, they must solve the riddle of the thirteenth chime before the clock strikes thirteen again. Yet as they face their own past and hearts, a trap over half a century old is waiting for them to become its prey.

For revenge, fifty years is never too long…

Welcome to Author Emma Michaels.Emma Michaels was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, until she moved at eighteen to Washington State. Suddenly, the world was a new place filled with tall green trees that reached further for the sky with every moment, making her want to do the same. Ever since, she has tried to make her life something new and different from what it was before, pursuing her future career, setting high goals and reaching for them with every moment.

With her Debut novel, The Thirteenth Chime which was released August 13th 2010 and future releases planned Emma Michaels aspires to one day make it to the top ten of the New York Times Best Sellers List. With her fiancé at her side and her small white Chihuahua, Hope, she writes, reads, reviews and tries to live everyday to its fullest, whether in the pages of a good book or reaching out to others.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would probably go forward into the future simply because curiosity would get the best of me, though there are many people from the past who I would really love to be able to meet. Then again, I am sure there will be many amazing people in the future I will want to meet and hopefully, a few I can look forward to actually getting to meet in my lifetime! The other reason is if I went back into the past I would probably be too frightened about changing evens whereas I would not be nearly so scared about changing the future.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
I love family dinners so to be honest it would probably just be my normal family but at the same time there are a LOT of authors who I hope to one day get to meet. So I would probably invite Tamora Pierce, Sharron Shinn, Elizabeth Kerner, Susan Butcher and Jim Butcher (because he seems like he would really be able to make us all laugh and I love all the interviews I have read where he was featured).

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I have a new answer for this one. I have been asked this a few times and I finally decided. I would want as my first thing a fully functioning house with clean running water, my fiancé and my puppy.

What is one book everyone should read?
Mine *wink* Just kidding, although I hope they do check it out! I would say that every person should read… … … Okay, I have no idea but what I do feel that everyone, even if they don’t enjoy reading, will find at least one novel in their lifetime that they will connect with. It is one of my hopes that one day someone will feel that way about one of my books. For me it was the novel In the hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce that is the book that really turned me into a true reader.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
Writtier? No I have no idea! I guess still Emma Michael. Hopefully it would help people want to buy my book. Just Kidding! :p

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power that is featured in Dark City because I think that it would really mean a lot to be able to have your thoughts change structures. I would love to travel to cities that have been damaged and help them rebuild their lives. There is just so much that someone with that ability would be able to do.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
It used to be chocolate but lately I really love a local ice cream made from mountain berries.

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Chocolate chip pancakes!!! I love them all the time! Or this amazing Chinese buffet near me. I would eat that ANY TIME!!! But if I have to be good and healthy *rolls eyes in the direction of her fiancé* Korean rice porridge sprinkled with brown sugar.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (i.e. Chocolate, quiet, music)
I don’t really have anything that I need but I do like to be at my own desk if I am at home or at least some kind of wooden table. Though while I travel I can write just about anywhere. I enjoy hotels that have desks in their rooms while I am on my book tour as it makes it easier to lock myself in and write for a while between signings.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
Poor David… My fiancé and I saw the music video for Maroon 5’s Misery Business and were laughing so hard imagining it playing through all of the things that David has to go through in the first book.

What is on your mousepad?
I actually don’t have one currently. I use a lap top with a touchpad, but I do have an optical mouse as a backup and a mouse-pad with a samurai on it that my fiancé got in Japan.

What is your favorite quote?
“It is better to be hated for who you are than loved for who you are not.”
“Our family is a circle of strength and love.
With every birth and every union
The circle grows
Every joy shared adds more love
And every crisis faced together
Makes our circle stronger.”

If you were a super hero what would your kryptonite be?
Cruelty. I can’t stand cruelty, especially to others. If it is directed at me I don’t mind nearly as much, but if I see someone being cruel to another person then I just can’t stand it.

You have won one million dollars what is the first thing that you would buy?
A house! Or Chinese food to celebrate on the way to buy a house.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be?
‘Tragedy of Errors’ for the first part and then ‘Stubborn as Nails’ for the rest.

What is your guilty pleasure?
My not so guilty pleasure is Doctor Who, which I am addicted to and have been for a while, but my guilty pleasure would probably be the “House of Night’ series.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
The Young and the Restless.

Write a haiku about your book The Thirteenth Chime
Hidden underneath
A watchful gaze is wishing
A trap is waiting

Thank you so much for the interview and to everyone reading!!!!